Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

The PGDipForensic is an advanced qualification designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in science or technology related topics. It provides graduates with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of forensic science.

Taught at the School of Chemical Sciences, the PGDipForensic covers a broad range of topics. From DNA analysis to the development of new molecules to aid in the visualisation of fingerprint residues, students will learn about forensic data, chemical analysis, forensic biology and the statistical treatment of forensic data.

Read the full programme regulations for the Posgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

The PGDipForensic programme is a 120-point taught diploma that involves one year of full-time study, with a part-time option available (up to four years of study).

105 points from

  • FORENSIC 701 Fundamental Concepts in Forensic Science
  • FORENSIC 702 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • FORENSIC 703 Statistics and Molecular Biology for Forensic Science
  • FORENSIC 704 Techniques and Applications for Forensic Science
  • FORENSIC 706 Environmental Forensic Science
  • FORENSIC 707 Project in Forensic Science

And

  • 15 points from an approved 600 or 700 level course

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Requirements listed here are the grades required if your undergraduate degree major is Chemistry or Biology. If your grade is not high enough or you have a different major, your application will still be considered if places are available.

  • Taught 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Science

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a GPA of 4.0.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Requirements listed here are the grades required if your undergraduate degree major is Chemistry or Biology. If your grade is not high enough or you have a different major, your application will still be considered if places are available.

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,200 – $8,914*
International students
NZ$38,062*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: The PGDipForensic is a competitive entry programme and applications should be made by 1 November 2017.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 November 2017

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipForensic prepares graduates for employment in the forensic science field.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Document examiner
  • ESR technician
  • Fingerprint examiner
  • Forensic geologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pharmaceutical representative

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